Especially in asian rhinoplasty, it is difficult to build the bridge with just ear/septal cartilage. Because there are problems with using rib/cadaveric cartilage, is it possible to just grow one's own cartilage in a cell culture if there isnt enough cartilage to be harvested?
Is It Possible to Grow Cartilage Cell Cultures for Rhinoplasty if There Isn't Enough?
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Using Cartilage Grafts grown in Culture for Nose Surgery
Growing your own cartilage graft in rhinoplasty not a reality yet
Tissue culture has advanced in skin coverage for burns, and cartilage grafts may be on the horizon. None are yet available to cultured grafts for rhinoplasty. Just think of the potential for joint repair when we succeed!
Best of luck,
Cartilage cell culture for rhinoplasty use
Current technology does not allow us to grow cartilage in a petri dish. At this point, the patients nasal cartilage is what’s available for cosmetic surgery. With Asian rhinoplasty there is usually not enough cartilage on the inside of the nose, so augmentation requires a synthetic implant. We prefer the silastic Flowers nasal dorsal implant made by Implantech.
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Cartilage Cell Cultures for Nasal Augmentation
At this time cartilage cell cultures for nasal augmentation are not effective or practical. Presently, the best alternatives are silicone implants, which I rarely use, or septal, ear, and rib cartilage. I've been very satisfied using the patient's own tissue.
Rhinoplasty, Revision rhinoplasty,cosmetic surgery, facial plastic surgery, Dr. Whitfield, whitfieldplasticsurgery.com
The use of stem cells is being intensively studied by numerous investigators. There is currently no study for the use of cartilage grown from stem cells to be implanted in a person in the United States.
Asian Rhinoplasty and Cartilage Grafting
Great idea. But, unfortunately, science is just not quite there yet. There are many great minds working on this exact thing. In fact, some of the leaders in the field of cartilage engineering are here in San Diego working at UCSD. Until this technology advances sufficiently, you may want to consider having a rib graft (autologous or cadaveric) to augment your nasal bridge during rhinoplasty.
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